Avocado Tuna Sandwich

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With the wedding just ten months away I am constantly thinking about how it’s important to eat healthy in the New Year. Why does it have to wait until then. Why can’t I stop eating out for one day and just have a good old sandwich on one of my most favorite breads. Sara Lee Honey Wheat has to be my most favorite in the world. One I don’t have to peel the crust off of. I decided to put a spin on a sandwich I love since I have been craving avocado and just needed an excuse to use it. How about a Avocado Tuna Sandwich that features simple ingredients.

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Completely budget friendly for yourself or you and your lunch date. You can also take this recipe and cut it into finger sandwiches for a tasty and healthier option at a party, brunch, or bridal shower

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Avocado Tuna Sandwich
Serves 2
Creamy avocado with tuna and red onion topped on to Sara Lee Delightful honey wheat bread.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread
  2. 1 avocado
  3. 1/2 red onion; diced
  4. 1 can tuna
  5. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add in drained tuna, avocado, and diced red onion. Mash together with a fork.
  2. Add in lemon juice, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  3. Place on bread and slice in half or into quarters.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Have I told you how much my daughter loves when I make homemade Chinese food? Yeah it’s like our thing to either eat it out or at home. Our schedule this holiday season hasn’t allowed for much time to really cook. I am hoping to free up time to make some yummy Frozen cookies and a few really tasty soups. What are you cooking? Or are you just going out to eat? Monday night I decided it was time for some homemade Chinese I was so over the out to eat game. I whipped up (took over an hour) some sweet and sour chicken. It was so darn delicious!

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

It’s something about this time of year that I just crave Chinese food. I think it’s because when I was younger my grandparents would shop and then we would stop by Chuck’s Chinese and American food. It was just around the corner from where I grew up. I remember playing in the kitchen. The bowls decorated with the blue designs and the cool soup spoons that were definitely like the soup spoons we had at home. The atmosphere was like home to me. It is one of the best memories from my childhood.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

Do you have a memory that stretches back into your childhood that you’ll never forget. One that dances in your brain with beauty? I’d love to hear about it below. I know I only have a few but they are so fun and always seem to be wrapped around food. I guess I was always a foodie at heart.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - Mooshu Jenne Topped with spring onions in a sweet and sour sauce topped over rice.

I hope you can try out this dish and wrap some really great holiday memories with it. I know we will. Hopefully, I can find a way to do this in this in the summer too for a movie marathon or season watching party. It really does fit so many occasions. I am off to see the new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies today and I cannot wait!

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Serves 7
Chicken fried and tossed in a sweet and sour sauce scooped over rice and topped with spring onions.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  2. 1 cup cornstarch
  3. 3 large eggs, beaten
  4. 2 cups vegetable oil; for frying
  5. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 cup ketchup
  8. 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  9. 4 cloves of garlic; peeled and minced
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  13. 1 stalk spring onion; sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the sauce, whisk together brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger and garlic ins a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, pour in oil and heat to a medium heat.
  3. Diced chicken into 1/2 cubes. In a medium bowl crack three eggs and beat with a whisk until well blended. In a large bowl place cornstarch. Roll chicken cubes in the egg and then into the cornstarch and place in to the hot frying pan with a spider. Careful not to burn yourself.
  4. In a large pan, add in sauce and put on low. This will help to thicken the sauce while frying the chicken.
  5. Drain chicken as you pull it from the oil and place it into the sauce. Repeat this until all chicken is fried and in the sauce. Toss until all chicken is coated. Top with salt and pepper.
  6. Turn off heat. Add the sliced spring onion to the top and stir. Remove from heat and serve over white steamed rice.
Notes
  1. There is an option to do baked. If you are interested comment below and I will gladly write up a recipe for baked.
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Cranberry Pie & Cranberry Sauce

At Thanksgiving I am all about pie! It’s the perfect end to such a savory meal. Every year we do a pumpkin pie and a few pecan pies. This year I want to do something different so I created a simple cranberry pie a few days ago to share with the family. We had to work out one kink and that was the topping. The filling was so delicious and tangy. 

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne

Cranberries naturally have a tart taste which makes them so good in pie. Some people love chocolate pies and those with cream. However, I have to say that fruit and berry pies are my favorite. Nothing like a good strawberry, apple, or triple berry pie.

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne

My daughter can eat a pumpkin pie to herself. My son and husband are big pecan pie fans. They always end up eating all the pie. This year that won’t be the case.

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie - Mooshu Jenne This cranberry pie will be all mine :D I wish but I know I will end up sharing it with all of them. A good lump of ice cream with warm cranberry pie who doesn’t love that combination! What kind of pie do you make for Thanksgiving? Do you do something other than pie?

Another Thanksgiving favorite is cranberry sauce. The process isn’t much different between these two so I thought I would put them together with a little video for both! The only difference in the pie is you add vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and a bit more sugar. 

Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Pie
Serves 8
Recipe to make cranberry sauce and add a few more ingredients to make it a pie.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
For Cranberry Sauce
  1. 2 bags of fresh cranberries
  2. 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  3. 1 orange; juiced
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
For Cranberry Pie
  1. 1 1/2 bag of cranberries
  2. 1 orange; juiced
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 graham cracker pie crust
For Cranberry Sauce
  1. In a large pot, add in cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and water.
  2. Bring to a medium heat. Cook until all cranberries have popped and mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour in a jar to store.
For Cranberry Pie
  1. In a large pot, add in cranberries, sugar, orange juice, ginger, cinnamon, and water.
  2. Bring to a medium heat. Boil until all cranberries have popped and mixture thickens.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into the crust. Let cool.
  4. When ready to serve put into the oven at 350 degree F for 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
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25 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes can be anything from delicious fruit salads, pasta salads, potatoes, sweet or not, and freshly baked vegetables. Our family favorites have always been mashed potatoes, fruit salad, and green salad; it’s not your traditional house salad. My husband’s mashed potatoes are like whipped topping they are so smooth. I could eat bundles of them.

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Though, sometimes you need a dish that looks just as good as tastes for those work Thanksgiving gatherings or the ones at formal dinner party. This Paprika Scalloped Potato recipe is simple, pretty, and can be just elegant. 

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It’s great to just lay out into a big pie dish, top with paprika, Greek olive oil, and bake. It’s a one dish ordeal which makes it so much easier for the person cooking. It’s serves up in the same dish. We all like less dishes to clean when we are planning such a feast!

Paprika Scalloped Potatoes
Serves 5
Potatoes sliced thinly and topped with paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 red skinned potatoes
  2. 1 1/4 tablespoon paprika
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  5. 1/4 tablespoon Mediterranean salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes. Slice into scalloped rounds.
  3. Layer into pie dish. Top with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika over the oiled potatoes. Top with pepper and Mediterranean salt.
  4. Bake for one hour covered with foil. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes until tops and edges are crispy brown.
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Here is 24 more side dishes to tempt your taste buds!

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Sauteed Zucchini with Walnuts – Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Easy Green Beans – I Eat Therefore I Cook

Cauliflower Stuffed Acorn Squash – Sparkles and Glue

Butternut Pear Soup – From Scratch

Easy Dirty Rice – Texas Type A Mom

Steamed Honey Glazed Carrot Medallions – It Happens in a Blink

Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Arlington Mommy

Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette - Stuck on Sweet

Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes – Home Cooking Memories

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Gal On A  Mission

Quick Dinner Rolls – Love To Be In The Kitchen

Copycat Lambert Rolls – SMSL with Heidi

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad - Gal On A Mission

Zesty Green Salad – Mooshu Jenne

Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil - Bakes In Slippers

Zucchini Au Gratin - Mrs. Criddles Kitchen

Old School Butter Yeast Rolls – Bakes In Slippers

Zucchini Fritter Casserole – SMSL with Heidi

Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots – The Baking Fairy

Acorn Squash with Rice and Sausage Stuffing – The Baking Fairy 

Dirty Green Beans – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Winter Warm Up with Bigelow

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In one week we went from 80 degrees here in Texas to a whopping 25 degrees and it snowed! My daughter and I picked up a box of Pumpkin Spice tea from Bigelow and a box of Peppermint. We decided to create our own cups to house our delicious Bigelow Tea to warm up with it. She was under three blankets she was so cold. I said we NEED tea! The weather changed so fast you had no time to get use to the temperature change. 

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Her cup is from the Hunger Games movie with a main theme quote. My cup is from Love Actually which is a quote that is oh so true at this time of year. I think I am going to have to make one that says “I love my Bigelow like a Hobbit likes second breakfast.” This is because it is oh so true. Try to keep me out of that box of Pumpkin Spice Bigelow Tea day or night when these winter temperatures roll in. It’s my holiday go to, too!

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My besties love tea and I am also making some adorable gift and stuffing it with loads of Bigelow Tea’s. They have a few other holiday teas I love like Eggnoggin, Salted Caramel, and Apple Cider. My all time favorite is the Ginger Snappish. It’s simply holidays in a mug! We picked ours up at Walmart in the tea section.

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Bigelow Tea is All American: 100% American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer. Available at an American Retailer – Walmart. You can download a $0.55 coupon for Bigelow tea at http://thecouponbooksavings.com.

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Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden. Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals. How awesome is that? It’s a tea-riffic way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history! #AmericasTea

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Did you know almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas with Bigelow’s Tea for Troops program. Find additional information about Tea for Troops at https://www.bigelowtea.com/Responsibility/Support-Our-Troops . Don’t forget to stop by and follow them at their Facebook page or on Twitter!

Tex Mex Tostada

This shop has been compensated by Massive Sway and its advertiser Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are mine alone.

My teenagers love Wolf® Brand Chili and so does my hubby. It is what I have to keep on hand for those times when I don’t want to cook but they do. The love to make recipes like chili mac, Tex Mex Tostadas, and of course chili cheese dogs. It is a pantry staple in our house. I buy them in bulk otherwise I would be at store every few days while they insist I buy some. 

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They will usually just tell me not to worry about dinner so they can make their own chili mac. I am always trying to invent new ways to utilize Wolf® Brand Chili. We’ve used it in quesadilla’s also. Makes for a perfect week night dinner. They also great by the pool in the summer. Summer is over here though. We are all glad for that!

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Tonight we are watching our daughter competition for state championships. In between the breaks I ran to the kitchen and whipped up these Tex Mex Tostadas. Don’t they look amazing?

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We topped them with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. You can also add sour cream, cheese, and/or avocado. We just kept it simple tonight. As Texas’ #1 chili, Wolf® Brand Chili has a bold and flavorful reputation throughout the great state of Texas. Share your bold and flavorful recipes and images with them on their Facebook page. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious addition to your down-home favorites like Corn Chip Pie, Frito Pie, and even Taco Pizza.

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I would love to know what you use your Wolf® Brand Chili in or on. Comment below and recipe links are always welcome.

Tex Mex Tostada
Serves 4
Tostada topped with Wolf® Brand Chili, lettuce, tomato, and red onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef
  2. 1 can Wolf® Brand Chili No Beans
  3. 1 can diced red and green chilies
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 8 corn tortillas
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  8. 1/2 red onion; diced
  9. 1 hot house tomato; diced
  10. 1/3 head of lettuce; chopped
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, add ground beef, olive oil, and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add in can of diced chilies. Stir well and turn to low heat. Add in Wolf® Brand Chili and stir well.
  2. Dice tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry tortillas for about 1 minute each until crispy. Put on plate to cool and drain.
  4. Top tortilla with meat mixture, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Serve.
Notes
  1. You may add sour cream, fresh avocado, or cheese to the top.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wolf® Brand Chili.

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Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein

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I just love simple dinners don’t you? Something not completely loaded down with meat but spicy enough to clear your nose from the allergies in the air. This Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein will do just that.

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From the fragrant ginger to the spicy chili sauce it is packed with a punch of flavor. The sauce for this only takes four ingredients including some De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar

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This is a go to dinner for me. Very simple, healthy, and perfect for movie night. I usually like to eat this when I just want to stay in bed and catch up on all the shows I missed. I always end up getting behind by a few episodes on each. Eventually though I catch up and gab about it online.

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The teens just love this recipe too. Both the spicy and non spicy versions. They always beg me to make this for a lunch on a movie day. I think the Italian vinegar, which is made in Italy, has much more flavor then using a basic rice vinegar. It just adds that something extra to the recipe. I picked it up at Walmart on the aisle with the ketchup. While I was there I grabbed a bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables so I don’t have to do all that cutting. It makes dinner just that much more simple!

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Their favorite part is when I fry up the noodles in the sauce because it helps stick to the pasta. It also takes away any slime texture from boiling the noodles. De Nigris Seasoned White Wine Vinegars have all natural ingredients and are healthy. They have a De Nigris Seasoned Italian Herb White Wine Vinegar that I like to use to dunk my bread into or even pour over a bread salad. #LoveMyVinegar It’s family owned which in my book is pretty darn awesome!

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My son is scarfing this down right now. He is on his iPad, with headphones in, and stuffing his face with a bowl full of this spicy vegetable lo mein. I am no different. I have my bowl next to me with my chop sticks chowing down as I type this post. I guess I should just share the recipe so I can go finish my dinner :)

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 4
Lo mein noodles tossed in a sauce made from De Nigris white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
  2. 1 package lo mein noodles
  3. 1/3 cup De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon chili sauce (red pepper flakes in it)
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  7. 2 cloves of garlic; minced
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  9. 1 tablespoon greek olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, add in Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, ginger, olive oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the vegetables become tender. Push to one side of the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, chili sauce, De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour into the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add noodles to the sauce.
  5. Toss noddles, sauce, and vegetables together. Serve in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Bacon Fettuccine with Fried Okra

Today, the other half and I trickled on down to the justice of the peace to get married. We decided it would be fun to have our marriage certificate to have October 31st on it as we plan to do a ceremony for everyone next year on that date. We married on Halloween, YES! For lunch today I decided to make one of his favorite meals I make. It’s a Bacon Fettuccine with a side of southern as I call it; fried okra. 

Bacon Fettuccine with fried okra from Mooshu Jenne #lovemyvinegar #shop

After making lunch we decided to watch Halloween H20 for some spooky fun! What do you like to watch on Halloween? I am always watching something. I know next year we won’t be because we will have our ceremony then! Very exciting. Just about as exciting as this Bacon Fettuccine my new Hubby is ecstatic over. We picked a theme now we just have to find a way to execute the idea correctly. I think it is going to be something very different and not a wedding that is over done like say Venetian or now the 1920’s. I am sure I will share the DIY projects we do for it here with you and of course plenty of pictures!

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For dinner I think we might go on the quicker and lighter side with some Panzanella Toscana. I can use the De Nigris seasoned white wine vinegar over the panzanella toscana (bread salad) for tons of flavor. Make Halloween night on the run between Trunk or Treat and off to state it can be a real push to get a healthy dinner in. I will just be glad to be settle for the night watching some Ghost Adventures. What are your holiday plans? I would love to hear about them below. Now for the Hubby’s favorite recipe.

Bacon Fettuccine
Serves 4
Bacon fettuccine made with heavy cream, bacon, garlic, lemon juice and more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 15 oz heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/2 stick butter
  3. 1 lemon; deseeded and juice squeezed
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 4 strips of bacon; diced
  6. 3 leaves of basil; chopped
  7. 1 package fettuccine
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 1/2 tablespoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water with salt to a boil.
  2. In a saute pan, add in bacon and garlic. Cook until bacon is done. Add in 1/2 stick of butter and juice from lemon. Add in heavy whipping cream and cook on medium until sauce starts to thicken. Toss in chopped basil. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture is thick.
  3. Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. Drain.
  4. Add parmesan cheese to sauce, salt and pepper; stir well. Plate pasta and top with sauce and fresh basil. Serve!
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15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup

The fall weather is here! The windows open, watching movies, slow cooker going, and just relaxing while I work. The only other condition I would change is a bit of rain. My son even said to me “I am going for a walk and enjoy this beautiful day.” He went for a walk in the woods. He is my nature child. He is 19 and about as humble as anyone could be. Last night, I finally got him to try my 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup. I told him it’s a must over cornbread. He actually liked my beans! He is not a bean eater.

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About as close to beans as he gets is a bean burrito on very rare occasion. It was an honor to make his mouth tingle with something new. He is just so mellow though. I wish I could have his inner peace. Though, on days like this when it’s pretty outside and you can write by cool air and a good movie like Pompeii on the big screen it gives me a sense of inner peace.

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The aroma of the soup slow cooking only allows me to be more in tune with that foodie side of me. I am planning plenty of meals at the moment. I don’t know which to start with first. I have the mother load of sugar pumpkins. They are decorating my counter tops at the moment. It looks as if fall rained down in my kitchen. It’s plastered with pumpkins, spooky cupcakes, and candy galore.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup - Mooshu Jenne

This 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup allows me to put this all in the slow cooker extremely fast. Then I get to move on to other goodies without slaving over dinner. That’s the idea behind the slow cooker but flavor is a big detail too. Most slow cooker meals I try don’t have that OMG I want to eat tons of this flavor. I think that is why I want to share a few of my slow cooker recipes with you. Less ingredients and packed with massive flavor. That’s what makes this dish not only delicious but completely budget friendly.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup
Serves 5
Made with onions, 15 beans, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, bacon and spices.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag 15 beans soup (remove seasoning packet)
  2. 4 strips of bacon; sliced into quarters
  3. 1 small white onion; sliced into rounds
  4. 6 cloves of garlic; diced
  5. 1/3 bundle of cilantro
  6. 1 jalapeno; deseeded and chopped
  7. 1/2 tablespoon salt
  8. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  11. 1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  12. Water
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, add in washed beans and bacon. Top with onions, garlic, and jalapeno. Add cilantro.
  2. Top with water almost to brim of the slow cooker. Add in salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Put on high until it starts to boil. Turn to low and cook overnight for 8 hours. Put to warm until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This soup goes perfect over cornbread.
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Tex Mex Pasta Skillet

Did I ever mention how much I love my Lodge skillet? It’s the easiest way for me to fry up meat or bake cornbread. I just love making quick skillet dinners in it too. The meat cooks evenly and fast. In this Texas humidity recipes can get very unruly fairly fast. The skillet heat equally and allows for a good even cooking even when you are dealing with horrible humidity. This is a simple skillet dinner called Tex Mex Pasta Skillet that I make on weeknight when I just don’t have the time to stand in the kitchen for a long period of time.

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet by Mooshu Jenne  Savory pasta topped with chili and rotel.

We all have those days. Whether it is running the kids, or in my case teenagers, to school and back. High tailing the other ones to work. Or even the plenty of football games and competitions. In fact, we tend to eat out often during this season and we all have said how much we have missed those home cooked meals. In two nights, we put this little Tex Mex Pasta Skillet and a 15 bean soup that is headed to the blog also.

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet by Mooshu Jenne Savory pasta topped with chili and rotel.

It takes minimal ingredients so it’s easy for your teenager to be able to make on their own. It’s also completely budget friendly. It’s loaded with flavor but doesn’t come from using your entire spice cabinet to get there. You can control the level of heat too by which style of Rotel you buy. I usually get the medium heat and then add some fresh cracked pepper. I like spicy foods though! I also top my with a bunch of yummy cheese. Some times sharp cheddar cheese or sometimes a good colby jack cheese. Below is a quick video showing how I put this together so quick and easy. The skillet cuts my meat cooking time down by at least 10 minutes.

 

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Now for the recipe!

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet
Serves 6
Chili and rotel mixed with ground beef, onions, and garlic topped over garden rotini pasta.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 -10 oz can Rotel
  2. 1 - 15 oz can Wolf Chili
  3. 1/2 pound ground beef
  4. 1 lb bag garden rotini pasta
  5. 1 white onion; diced
  6. 4 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cracker black pepper
  10. cheese for topping; optional
Instructions
  1. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (or skillet), pour one tablespoon olive oil, add onions and garlic. Saute on medium heat. Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Place pasta in water and cook as directed on the package.
  4. Add in one can of Rotel and one can of Wolf Chili No Beans. Cook on low for 5 minutes. Once pasta is done, drain pasta, and add it to the skillet. Mix well.
  5. You can top with cheese, spring onions, or sour cream.
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